Lotukei, the Kotido district LC V chairperson of has survived an ambush by
suspected Turkana warriors. The
incident occurred over the weekend around Kalosarich grazing fields;
27kilometers from Kotido town.
According to Lotukei, he was part of the team that accompanied Uganda
People’s Defense Forces-UPDF soldiers to follow cattle rustled by the Turkana.
Kotido District LC V Vice Chairperson, Ignatius Apollo Nangiro regrets the
incident, saying he warned the chairperson not to go tracking the rustled
cattle, saying it was very risky.
cautioned him against going to follow the cows. I told him you never know what
will happen, but he insisted and went. Thank God he survived unhurt,” said
Turyamumanya, the 3 Division army Spokespersons told URN that the LC V Chairperson
lost his phone during a heated gunfire exchange with the rustlers.
in: "The force we have...............
out............. my phone during the process."
Lotukei disclosed his ordeal in a meeting with the Karamoja
Affairs Minister, Eng. John Byabagambi and top security officials led by the
commander Land Forces Lt. Gen. Peter Elwelu on Tuesday.
At least six people have been
killed and 2 children abducted by warriors in different areas in Kotido
district alone since October 15, 2019.
the dead are 14-year-old Ilukol Apalokol who was killed on October 24th in a kraal
at Tororo hills.
Turkana warriors have rustled at least 8000 cattle, sheep and goats in Karamoja
over the last three years.
About 2000 animals have since been recovered by the
UPDF, according to official sources.
The Turkana County government in Kenya has
requested for two weeks to trace the missing livestock, according to Maj.
Edward Kabasa the Kenya Defence Forces attaché to Uganda.